From the Han dynasty to the Song Dynasty, there were several different views of Buddhism in China. You can see the different reactions through the documents given showing that there are those that oppose it, those that accept it, and those that believe in religious purism. From the 1st century to the 9th century, the diffusion of Buddhism to China provoked a harsh reaction by high ranking Confucian scholars. The Rejection of Buddhism stems from the foreign nature of Buddhism.
Han Yu, a leading Confucian scholar stated that Buddhism is “no more than a cult of Barbarian peoples” (Document 4).
Furthermore, Yu describes the Buddha as “a man of barbarians who did not speak Chinese and who wore clothes of a different fashion”….